ISIS launches major attack against oil-producing Iraqi city Kirkuk; Peshmerga commander falls in pitched battle

January 30, 2015 10:10 AM

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ISIS launches major attack against oil-producing Iraqi city Kirkuk; Peshmerga commander falls in pitched battle

The Islamic militants attacked the northern city early Friday. Fierce clashes with Kirkuk's Kurdish Peshmerga defenders were reported on several fronts surrounding the city. A Kurdish commander, Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih, died in battle not long after giving an interview from the front lines.

The Islamic State launched a large-scale attack Friday on the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a prize it failed to win during its invasion of Iraq last summer.

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